Saskatchewan students looking to attend post secondary can do so knowing the province is giving them a helping hand.
As it stands now, over 21,000 students have received around $11 million from the provincial government through the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship.
Minister of Advanced Education Tina Beaudry-Mellor says the scholarship helps to give students an incentive to receive a high-quality education while not straying too far from home.
“It’s part of the larger picture of the funding that we provide for students, really to keep young people in the province,” she said.
Beaudry-Mellor noted there’s more than just the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship, pointing out more than 40,000 students have been able to access government funds for post secondary education.
Perhaps most importantly, the Minister said, is just the sheer volume of young people accessing the scholarship. To her, that’s a sign of the government’s success and continued mission to provide an education and give young people to stay and apply their studies to a career in Saskatchewan.
“Individuals who attend post secondary training are both employed and earn more throughout their lifetime,” she said. “The return on investment that young people get by going through the post secondary education is very, very high.”
“If we want to continue to grow the economy as a province, and continue to diversify the province, a skilled labour force is essential.”